Men's 200m Breaststroke

World Record: Brendan Hansen, USA, 2:08:50

Kosuke Kitajima wins men’s 200 meter breaststroke

Kosuke Kitajima from Japan has won the men’s 200 meter breaststroke in 2:07.64, setting a new Olympic record. He also won a gold medal in the 100 meter breaststroke, repeating his performance at the Athens Olympics.
Brenton Rickard from Australia won the silver and Hugues Duboscq from France won the bronze medal.

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“I feel like crying,” Kitajima said.
“It was a perfect swim and has given my confidence a real lift.
“Of course I’m only thinking about winning gold in Beijing, and if I don’t win gold I won’t come back.”
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